USS Counsel (MSF-165)

Name: USS Counsel
Builder: Willamette Iron and Steel Works
Laid down: 15 June 1942
Launched: 17 February 1943
Commissioned: 27 May 1944
Decommissioned: 15 January 1947
Reclassified: MSF-165, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 July 1972
Fate: Sold for scrap 1 September 1973
General characteristics
Class & type:
Displacement: 650 tons
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Propulsion: 2 × ALCO 539 diesel engines, 1,710 shp (1.3 MW)
Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear
2 shafts
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun DP
2 × twin Bofors 40 mm guns
1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
2 × Depth charge tracks

USS Counsel (AM-165) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean.

She was launched 17 February 1943 by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon; and commissioned 27 May 1944, Lieutenant Commander E. C. Davis, USNR, in command. She was reclassified MSF-165, 7 February 1955.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations

Sailing from San Francisco, California, 8 August 1944, Counsel was repaired at Pearl Harbor and escorted a convoy to Eniwetok, arriving 20 September. Five days later she was underway for Saipan for patrol and escort duty during which she rescued three naval aviators off Tinian on 18 October. Arriving at Ulithi 26 October, she continued her patrols, and was assigned on 10 November to escort the damaged USS Canberra to Manus, towing in tandem with SS Watch Hill during the last two days of the trip. Counsel returned to Ulithi 24 November, and sailed two days later for the landings on Peleliu, Palau Islands, where she patrolled against submarines until 15 December. After overhaul at Eniwetok Counsel sailed out of that port on convoy escort duty to Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Ulithi, and Tarawa, and on antisubmarine patrol and minesweeping operations until the end of the war. She arrived in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 23 August 1945, and until 6 November swept mines in Japanese and Chinese waters, from Sasebo.

Post-War Decommissioning

On 20 November Counsel sailed for home, arriving at San Francisco 19 December. Counsel was placed out of commission in reserve 15 January 1947 at San Diego, California. She was struck from the Navy List on 1 July 1972 and sold for scrap, 1 September 1973.


Counsel received one battle star for World War II service.


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See also

External links

  • Photo gallery of Counsel at NavSource Naval History

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